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How to add and organize apps in Android Auto

Order your favorite apps and shortcuts for easy access while driving.
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July 28, 2022

The last thing you want to do while driving is scroll through your car’s display in frustration, trying to find the right app or search for the right destination. Instead, you save yourself the distraction by organizing your Android Ando apps beforehand. You can even create quick shortcuts for specific directions or contacts to call. Here’s how to add and arrange apps in Android Auto.

Read more: How to connect Android Auto to your car

QUICK ANSWER

Find compatible apps on the Google Play Store, such as from the Auto & Vehicles category. To organize your apps, open Android Auto on your phone and select Customize launcher.


KEY SECTIONS

How to add apps to Android Auto

If you’re looking to discover new apps compatible with Android Auto, check out our list of the ten best apps you can download from the Google Play store to make the most out of Android Auto.

Once you’ve downloaded the apps you’d like to use, open Android Auto on your smartphone and select Customize launcher under the General settings.

Android Auto customize launcher
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From there, you’ll see a list of compatible apps. Check the box beside the ones you want to appear on your car’s display while using Android Auto.

Android Auto apps
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To sort the apps or create custom shortcuts, see the next section.

How to organize your Android Auto apps

Open Android Auto on your phone and select Customize launcher under the General settings.

Android Auto customize launcher
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From there, you can sort the order of your apps either alphabetically or in a custom order by selecting Launcher sorting. If custom, simply tap and hold the dots beside each app to rearrange them in the order you want them to appear on your car’s display.

Android Auto apps custom order
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Perhaps you want to create a custom shortcut app, such as calling someone specific or navigating to the nearest Starbucks at the tap of a finger? To do so, select Add shortcut to the launcher and choose your desired type.

Android Auto add shortcut
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For example, within Assistant Command, type an action such as “read my messages” and add a name for the action. You can hit Test Command to see how it works if you’re connected to Android Auto.

Android Auto assistant action
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The custom shortcut will appear on your car’s display the next time you launch Android Auto.


Read more: How to group and organize your tabs in Chrome

FAQs

Yes, download compatible apps from the Google Play Store on your phone to see them appear the next time you connect to your car.

You can find compatible apps on the Google Play Store. Open the Android Auto on your phone to select which ones appear on your car’s display.